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Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Epiphany: Ecclesiasticus 15.11-20

It should be mentioned that Anglicans don't establish doctrine based on the Apocrypha. That said, we do believe Christians can read them devotionally and will find beneficial material in them.

This week's Old Testament Reading comes from Ecclesiasticus 15:11-20: 

Do not say, "It was the Lord's doing
          that I fell away"; 
     for he does not do what he
          hates.
Do not say, "It was he who led me
          astray"; 
     for he has no need of the sinful.
The Lord hates all abominations;
     such things are not loved by those
          who fear him.
It was he who created humankind in
          the beginning,
     and he left them in the power of
          their own free choice. 
If you choose, you can keep the
          commandments,
     and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice. 
He has placed before you fire and
          water;
     stretch out your hand for whichever
          you choose.
Before each person are life and death,
     and whichever one chooses will be
          given.
For great is the wisdom of the Lord;
     he is mighty in power and sees
          everything;
his eyes are on those who fear him,
      and he knows every human action.
He has not commanded anyone to be
          wicked,
     and he has not given anyone
          permission to sin.